Monday, June 11, 2012

BBC to develop 3D sound technology for radio

With 3D technology gaining momentum across the globe, BBC plans to develop new sound technology to broadcast radio and television programmes with three-dimensional sound. 

Researchers at the company are developing acoustics that can give listeners live experience of events like concerts with sounds from every direction being heard on the radio. 

The technology could bring new vigour to BBC’s long-established sound effects department. Engineers claim that the new technology should allow consumers to receive 3D sound from their existing radio and television speakers. 

BBC research and development lead technologist for audio Frank Melchior said, “We want to deliver a new experience to the audience that gives them more immersion and involvement in the content. We also have to make sure we are flexible enough in the delivery of this content.” 

The broadcaster reveals hopes for 3D audio which will trick the brain into hearing sounds that are usual with existing stereo or surround-sound audio on radio and TV. Engineers have tested the new technology with recordings of the Last Night of the Proms, a concert by the rock band Elbow and a radio play of the Wizard of Oz. 

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